The Chargers are staying in San Diego – at least for one more year.
Yes, Dean Spanos announced Friday that the Chargers will remain in San Diego for the 2016 season but that an agreement has been reached with Stan Kroenke and the Rams to move to Los Angeles if a long-term solution to stay in San Diego does not come to pass.
In other words, the Chargers are likely on their way out.
It’ll be interesting to see how many fans support the team next season. Many will probably show up to home games as usual; others, surely, will not.
“There is just such a variance of how (fans will react),” San Diego Union-Tribune Chargers writer Michael Gehlken said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “They just might feel completely different about the Chargers, about who to approach what is a really tenuous situation between the city and the team. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a fan or radio personality – someone – compare the Chargers’ relationship with the city of San Diego to that of a bad girlfriend. Last year, the Chargers (essentially) spent the whole night speaking to some pretty girl at the end of the bar. Meanwhile, the Chargers fans are just sitting around watching. Then it’s 1 o’clock in the morning, the Chargers walk back over to the fans and wanted to go home. Well, that’s a long car ride home.
“It’s not easy for a lot of people to get on board with the Chargers in San Diego another year after (putting on the) full-court press for Los Angeles,” Gehlken continued. “If owners would have decided the Carson project was a go, they’d be gone. These guys filed for relocation and now here they come. They’re trying to get something done in San Diego once again. Last year was a lot of posturing from the Chargers in terms of trying to get a stadium built in San Diego. They really wanted to show that they were trying, but there wasn’t the true sort of effort that was going to get something done. Maybe this year will be different.”
If not, San Diego may be reduced to a baseball town.
“It very well could be,” Gehlken said. “Hey, maybe an MLS team will come over, or hey, maybe the Oakland Raiders will make a move. Who knows what the future is going to be for San Diego as a sports town if the Chargers were to leave, but there’s just so much uncertainty about where the franchise is going to be. Essentially, San Diego was franchise-tagged today. It’s a one-year deal, it’s a guarantee, but it brings you no closer to long-term security. Players hate being franchise-tagged, and if you’re a fan who wants to know where your team is going to be, you can’t feel that great about it either.”